Speaking Up: Standing Strong
What is courage? What does it mean to encourage? What do you care most about? Which of your passions would you shout about?
Prizes: Six winners won $25 each. Winners also received a book and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster.
Winning poems for 2013. Congratulations poets!
by Lydia Lake
Telling the bully you like her clothes.
Jumping off the diving board when you are afraid of heights.
Speaking out when your voice is shy.
Looking behind the door…
Out of your world…
Into the real one.
by Tanya Deis
Cold and shivering in the house,
No heat or flame in the fire-place,
Huddle together side by side,
Not enough blankets for one to find,
No smoke from the chimney,
No wood to light, All is quiet but chattering teeth,
And shivering families,
Snow blows in
Pets snuggling close keeping warm,
Frozen hinges on the door,
by Samantha Dedrickson
The courage to seek nature is in the air,
To adapt to the world is in your breath,
The courage to grow is in your heart,
The courage to think is in your mind.
We all have courage in our blood,
Hope in our veins,
And love running in our whole body.
Passion : Soccer
by Ashlyn Wilde
Sweat trickling down my face,
Gulping water down my throat,
Trying to get my heartbeat at a steady pace.
Get out of my way,
I’m the only winner today!
The soccer ball is my friend,
I blast it in the head.
It flies through the air,
Straight to the goal,
If the goalie doesn’t get it, it’s more than fair.
The whistle blows,
The game ended.
I’m the one who knows,
Soccer is my Passion!
Backpacking at Sunset
By: AJ Shields
At the last pitch of the hike
I look out at the red sunset behind the mountains.
The faint sound of waterfalls
Accompanies the chirping of birds
The green valley below tucks into the shadows.
Deer settle into the marsh
As the beaver hurries home for a long nights rest.
The True Meaning of Courage
by Patrice Schnierle
Courage is standing strong,
Conquering your fears all day long.
Being humble and being true,
Not following what others do.
Paying attention to your inner voice,
The one that tells you the right choice.
Telling the truth no matter what,
Even if your allowance might get cut.
Courage is always doing your best,
And it is life’s biggest test.